6 Bad Habits When Bathing That Are Harmful To Your Health

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Usually, people often choose to shower in the morning when they wake up, or in the evening, when they come home from work. This is not only a daily activity to clean, but also helps us relax and wake up the body.
However, if you make these mistakes, you will inadvertently make bathing dangerous for your health.

Shower too often

Many people like to be clean, or like to shower, so they often spend different times of the day bathing. Especially, on hot days, people easily sweat and feel uncomfortable, bathing many times a day often happens.

However, it should be noted that cleaning too thoroughly can strip the skin of its natural oils, as well as damage the stratum corneum – the protective layer on the skin’s surface. Thus, the protective barrier of the skin becomes weaker. The skin both becomes rough, and has a reduced ability to fight foreign bacteria, causing the risk of bacterial infection on the skin.

Even Dr. Brandon Mitchell, an associate professor of dermatology at George Washington University (USA), thinks that showering every day is unnecessary. The best frequency of bathing is only a few times a week, he says.

Do not wash towels and bath towels

Many people often dry and store towels, bath towels or other bath products in the bathroom space for convenience. However, this is an environment containing a lot of moisture, suitable for bacteria to multiply and grow. They can hide right in your bath products.

Therefore, if it is not cleaned regularly and dried in a sunny place to kill bacteria, this is a scary “bacterial drive”. If you use them in the shower, not only will your body not be cleaner, but you will also inadvertently help bacteria reach the body more easily.

Use too much soap, shower gel

The level of oil secretion on the skin is different in each body part. When using a lot of soap and shower gel on areas with less oil secretion, the lipid layer on the surface of the skin cannot be recovered and lost, the skin will become dry. In particular, for people with eczema or sensitive skin, the skin will become dry, flaky, red, causing itching and discomfort, which can progress to skin allergies.

Dr. Mitchell said that people should not apply soap or shower gel all over their body when bathing, but should only focus on areas with bad odors such as armpits or feet.

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Wash your face directly under a strong shower

Facial skin is inherently very delicate, especially for people with sensitive skin, so washing your face directly with a shower will cause stronger irritation. This habit can even cause facial skin capillaries to burst, making the skin red and more prone to allergies.

Shower at the same time

Many people often shower and wash at the same time to save time. They even shared the same soap for the head, face and body. This is not bad for the skin.

The most suitable bathing order is: wash your face, wash your body, then wash your hair. The heat in the bathroom will open up the pores on the skin, if you wash your face first, it will help the pores on your face not be blocked by dirt. After that, you should wash your hair last to avoid poor blood circulation, which can easily cause cerebrovascular diseases.

Scrub too hard

Many people use cotton towels or bath towels to rub in the shower. This destroys the skin’s protective barrier. The layer of horny cells that have not yet fully keratinized on the skin can be peeled off, unable to protect the skin from harmful factors in the external environment.

Besides, the stratum corneum also plays a role in preventing the loss of nutrients from the body, especially water. On average, thanks to the stratum corneum, adults only lose about 240-480ml of water per day through the skin. If this cell layer is damaged, the amount of water lost will increase more than 10 times.

Therefore, you should only rub carefully in areas with thick cuticles such as knees, heels… Should use a soft towel for the rest of the skin on the body.

Everyone needs to know the following notes:

The number of baths: In the summer, when the temperature is high, it’s easy to sweat, you can shower once a day, but in other seasons, it should be adjusted according to the specific situation. In particular, the elderly and young children can reduce the frequency accordingly.

Bathing time: Bathing should not be more than 30 minutes because it will cause hypoxia and ischemia for the heart and brain, especially dangerous for the elderly.

Bath water temperature: It should be controlled appropriately, preferably close to human body temperature. Water temperature that is too high will cause vasodilation and affect the flow of vessels, leading to hypoxia. Cold water can cause colds or cramps.

Source: According to Sohu, Dailymail

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